Addressing the State of the Union: The Evolution and Impact of the President's Big Speech

Addressing the State of the Union: The Evolution and Impact of the President's Big Speech


By (author) Donna R. Hoffman, By (author) Alison D. Howard

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  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 215 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 20mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder, CO
  • ISBN 10: 1588264513
  • ISBN 13: 9781588264510
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: illustrated edition

Product description

The State of the Union is no ordinary speech on at least two accounts: it is a fundamental statement of how a president approaches current policy debates, and it is the one presidential address that US citizens are most likely to hear each year. Donna Hoffman and Alison Howard document the political significance and legislative impact, or often, lack of impact, of this most visible of presidential communications. Exploring how and why the State of the Union address came to be a key tool in the exercise of presidential power, the authors outline the ways presidents use it to gain attention, to communicate with target audiences, and to make specific policy proposals. Their richly textured analysis offers a penetrating look at the complex relationship between contemporary presidential leadership and Congressional lawmaking.

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Author information

Donna R. Hoffman is assistant professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. Alison D. Howard is adjunct instructor of political science at Dominican University of California.

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"A rich, thoughtful, and systematic look at the rhetoric and evolving impact of state of the union addresses.... invaluable." - Bryan W. Marshall, Miami University "An excellent, well-researched, persuasive contribution to the growing study of presidential rhetoric and policy agendas." - Sean J. Savage, St. Mary's College "Fills a significant void in the study of presidential leadership&. an impressive examination of the history, development, execution, and policy significance of the State of the Union address." - Joseph Cammarano, Providence College"